Saucers of Mud

June 13, 2008

Bobby Jindal Is Mr. Flinchy

Filed under: Uncategorized — matt w @ 9:19 am

So I know this story ends with cancer and an exorcism, but man, the part they’re letting me read makes me think that Bobby Jindal was a bad guy to have a crush on in college.

Susan and I had developed an intimate friendship; indeed, our rela­tionship mystified observers, who insisted on finding a romantic component where none existed…. Susan had left the meeting in a very sullen mood. I asked her to join a group of us who were attending a Chris­tian a cappella concert to be held on campus that same evening…. Despite our intimacy, Susan and I had not spent much time together this past year. We had succumbed to pressure from our friends and de­cided we should not be so emotionally interdependent without a deeper commitment. To be honest, my fears of a relationship and the constraints of commitment had kept us apart; our friends’ objec­tions merely provided a convenient excuse…. Though Susan ap­peared composed throughout the concert, her sud­den departure in the middle of a song convinced me otherwise and affirmed my earlier suspicions…. I found that she had not gone far, but was sobbing uncontrollably outside the auditorium. Since we had been very careful to avoid any form of physical contact in our friendship, I was not sure how to respond. Could it be… Satan?

via Kleefeld ‘n’ Klonick, Kleiman, and Sullivan, and in fairness to Jindal I may not have been any better. On a more theological point, I think Jindal may have been on shaky grounds taking part in an exorcism without a priest; I don’t think the Catholic Church would approve. [more here]

…after starting this post, I see that Jezebel is all over this angle.

BTW, Mr. Flinchy — sadly, the subsequent pages are lost.



  1. You may not have been any better? You mean you performed exorcisms without a priest?
    My gosh, this guy’s resume suggests that he may be a replicant.

    Comment by Matt's mom — June 14, 2008 @ 11:03 am

  2. gosh, Matt wasn’t that irresponsible, Matt’s mom! He always had a priest present when he performed exorcisms.

    Comment by Tia — June 15, 2008 @ 10:12 am

  3. I don’t know about you, but when some woman is interested in me, I always think, “Of course! Demons!”

    Comment by foeb — June 16, 2008 @ 6:58 pm

  4. What, no track listing for My Life in the Bush of Ghosts? at least those with lyrics?

    America is Waiting
    Mea Culpa
    Help Me Somebody
    The Jezebel Spirit


    Comment by nnyhav — June 24, 2008 @ 9:02 pm

  5. Somebody needs to choreograph a dance to The Jezebel Spirit posthaste.

    …and yeah, that’s really what this post should be called.

    Comment by matt w — June 24, 2008 @ 9:19 pm

  6. You have no idea, Matt and I spent significant chunks of the 80s listening to that record. I think it sounds even fresher now than it did then. How does that work? (In the spirit of retro-criticism, My Life in the Bush of Ghosts is now strongly influenced by the “Paid in Full” remix from the Colors soundtrack, and of course the entire corpus of DJ Spooky.)

    Comment by Ben — June 25, 2008 @ 2:46 am

  7. And in a cool tribute or blatant ripoff or both, on their live version of “Outlands” the Orb sample the same Lebanese mountain singer that Byrne and Eno used in “Regiment” and “The Carrier” (no video offhand). In fact, they play it so you can hear how the two pieces fit together.

    Yes, I bought the Orb live album, and I’m not ashamed.

    Comment by matt w — June 25, 2008 @ 7:02 pm

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